Introduction: The Third Dimension and Animal Iconography in Archaeology
Animal Iconography in the Archaeological Record - New Approaches, New Dimensions - Laerke Recht
Laerke Recht [+]
University of Cambridge
Laerke Recht, archaeologist, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge (Affiliated Scholar, former Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow). Her main interests include human-animal relations, gender, religion and iconography, with a focus on the Bronze Age Aegean, Cyprus and the Near East.
Katarzyna Zeman-Wisniewska [+]
Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw
Katarzyna Zeman-Wiśniewska, archaeologist, Institute of Archaeology, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. Her main fields of interest are the Cypriot and Greek Bronze and Early Iron Age archaeology, with special reference to cult and religion. Her recent research concerns birds in Prehistoric Cyprus.
Some of the earliest recognisable images created by humans depict depict animals. Life and death, personal encounters, an engagement with the environment, religious beliefs, supernatural powers, ideology, status, technology and skill – these are just some of the aspects of human existence reflected in this iconography. The papers in this volume explore this specific type of material culture, addressing the ways in which humans have chosen to represent animals, and what these representations reveal about human-animal interaction.